The Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill

The Surface Breaks

Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice? Hans Christian Andersen's original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-...

Details The Surface Breaks

TitleThe Surface Breaks
Release DateMay 3rd, 2018
GenreFantasy, Retellings, Young Adult

Reviews The Surface Breaks

  • Gabriela Pop
    CW: fatshaming,homophobia,mentions of suicide,domestic violence,sexual harassment Disclaimer: I have read and loved all of Louise’s previous work and I love her newspaper pieces but this one just wasn’t for me and that’s that,so don’t come at me,please.For once,I quite honestly have no idea how to rate this.Most of it was floating (lmao,get it?) in a meh kind of space,while the last 30 pages or so felt so strong.However,all of that bein...
  • Serena
    'Another human woman set on fire by an insatiable man.' Louise has done it again - she has reimagined this classic in a way that will make your brain do mental gymnastics to align what you thought you knew and what you know is right. I inhaled this book, much like every other feminist masterpiece Louise produced. I winced while reading this book, felt every sharp bit of pain that Gaia did. Admittedly I don't know much about the folklore surroundi...
  • Daphne (Illumicrate)
    Like all of Louise's books, this was both beautiful and painful to read. She really has such a unique style with her writing that makes you think twice and question why things are and why we allow them to be that way. It's so subtle, just a change of phrase here and there, that really cuts you. She breathes new life into this beloved story with an incredible feminist lens.It hurts, but it's worth it.
  • Chloe
    5/5 stars."A woman's no can so easily be turned into a yes by men who do not want to listen."It's no news that Louise O'Neill is my favourite author and I have read every of her novels and loved all of them, without a miss. So obviously, when I heard she was going to release a re-imagining of the Little Mermaid with a feminist twist and saw a proof at work, I had to snatch it and read it before its release in May.As a kid, Disney's Little Merma...
  • Toni Davis
    Honestly I didn't like this book at all. I try not to score low hut I've been generous giving a 3. I got a proof of this book and the cover is georgous however for me the story was contrived and the feminism was to angery to understand feminism isn't about bashing men. It about understanding woman working togher can empower the world. Its not men are evil so woman should be the power. there wasn't a single male charcter in the book that wasn't po...
  • Isabelle Broom
    Utterly captivating – a modern masterpiece. Everything Louise writes turns to literary gold.
  • Carol
    Un retelling feminista de La sirenita muy recomendable 🔝
  • Lucy (TheBookBelle)
    An absolutely breathtaking feminist take on The Little Mermaid. I'm going to be recommending this to everyone!
  • JHart
    Review coming soon...
  • Sammi
    I knew how it would end, it still killed me!! 😭😭
  • Aoife
    A surprisingly grim retelling of The Little Mermaid. There's one male character who is actually nice, and another who might have been if he hadn't gone mad. Almost without exception, the others are self important rapists who have to shut women up in case they discover that they're actually people. Oliver, the exception, is hedonistic, shallow and deliberately cruel to his mother. The females are mostly either cowed or bitter. The Sea Witch is the...